As the Champions League nights return to Stamford Bridge, we take a look at the upcoming game vs Sevilla on Tuesday night. This will no doubt be a very entertaining game to watch with both teams known for their ability to score goals, however I believe the Blues will fancy their chances in their first Champions League game of the season.
Sevilla were able to reach this year’s Champions League through not only their league position of 4th, but also through their triumph in the Europa League, beating the Inter Milan side, managed by former Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte. It must be said Sevilla were very impressive during their Europa League run beating Wolves and Manchester United to secure their place in the final, and then winning the trophy. Sevilla then went on to play Bayern Munich in the UEFA Super Cup, to which they narrowly got beat by a score of 2-1. However, it’s always a fun watch when watching Sevilla due to their amazing tactics. Julen Lopetegui’s side likes to play out from the back, and are experts when it comes to quick transitions. When Sevilla recover the ball, they always look to their wide positions to create chances. All in all, they are a very exciting with a tactical genius in Lopetegui. However their most recent result did go against them, with a 1-0 loss away against Granada last weekend, and have picked up just seven points from their first four games this season.
Chelsea on the other hand, gained entry to the Champions League through their league position, coming 4th in the 2019/20 Premier League campaign. We come into this game, not with the best form, but we will be looking to turn it around with a result against last year’s Europa League winners. Lampard and his team, will look to improve on last year’s Champions League effort, after being knocked out in a humiliating defeat to eventual winners, Bayern Munich, in the round of 16. Deep down, I think Lampard will be pleased with Didier Drogba’s draw for the blues, as we have one of the most favourable groups in this year’s Champions League, with Rennes and Krasnodar also in group E. As for team selection, it is unsure whether Mendy will be involved in the game on Tuesday. He is believed to have trained this week, but I’m not sure whether he will be ready by Tuesday evening to play a full 90 minutes, and make his Champions League debut. Thiago Silva is ready for selection again, after being rested at the weekend against Southampton. Lampard will be keen to include Ben Chilwell, and Timo Werner in his first game of the Champions League, with both new signings being in great form since the new season. Ziyech is also in contention for the game, however it is unlikely he will start the game, with Hakim still short of match fitness.
Bounou; Navas, Rekik, Carlos, Acuna; Rakitic, Fernando, Jordan; Ocampos, De Jong, Suso
Kepa; Chilwell, Silva, Zouma, James; Kante, Jorginho; Havertz, Pulisic, Mount; Werner
I believe it will be a very exciting game, with plenty of goals during the 90 minutes, however I’m going to go for a 3-2 win for Chelsea with goals from Werner, Havertz and a Jorginho penalty. As for Sevilla, I believe they will score from a set piece from De Jong as well as a goal from Ocampos.
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